Total Eclipse Of The Hop - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 09-07-2008

A strong India Pale Ale brewed with 100% barley, six varieties of hops, water and yeast. Extra barley balances the variety of hops in this brew. This is definitely for the hop lover. This beer is brewed in limited quantities as part of the John Mitchells series.

92 IBU
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Reviews by grub:
Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over when sampled in 2010. thanks eric! 2012 bottle courtesy of a private order via keep6imports.

1 litre capped swingtop. sampled july 20/2010. originally reviewed at 4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5 = 3.58. revisited april 22/2012 as shown here.

pours super hazy deep orange with a huge fluffy off-white meringue head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of thick chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. sticky sweet candied orange and grapefruit. buttery toffee and caramel. multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. bit of grain. light alcohol. on my previous sampling I noted a bit of vanilla and something else herbal or spicy that i can't quite place. this is gone today, to my approval.

taste is nice. bit of pine. grapefruit and orange. touch of tangerine. light alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. slightly powdery. again, the previous sampling noted vanilla and that odd spicy/herbal thing, both of which are not present now. just over medium bitterness level. definitely seems like a "canadian ipa" in that it's more malt focused than hop focused.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level. carbonation is fine and well integrated.

drinkability is nice. pretty well balanced. that odd spicy/herbal/vanilla component I had previously noted threw things off and didn't really work for me, but it must have been a fluke due to an old bottle or something in my previous sampling. this 2012 bottle is clean and tasty and my only real complaint would be a lack of hop "oomph", for lack of a better word. they're there, but just not as balls-out as i'd expect in a DIPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the big 1 litre bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Poured from the giant swing top 1 litre bottle.

A bit of a murky unfiltered and opaque red amber. Lots of yeast floaties even on a gentle pour, many just sitting in suspended animation like jello. Head is a big thick tan and four finger tall soapy and huge rocky appearance. Large amounts of speckled lacing all along the glass, and settles to a one finger puck.

Nice tea like and herbal hop aromas on the glass. Some hints of grass, mild caramel sweetness, and a floral pungency that comes out with quite a good amount of sweetness. Hop driven, with just a hint of malt sweetness to make it's presence, and a touch of biscuit just barely.

Palate hints what seems towards English style, and a very controlled and large one. Big notes of leafy green and herbal tea. Sweet controlled malt thickness and mild sugars finish off. Very leafy green aftertaste, and big tannic dryness but in control. Some hints of juiced tropical fruit seem to want to come out to play here as time comes around, which makes for an interesting note.

Overall this sort of reminds me of a somewhat English IPA hop angle but an American yeast neutral profile, and a hint of juiced fruit that gives a little bit of American note. Lots of green and tea herbality to it in a fun package with a hint of malt sweetness. Not really giving me the excitement, but a worthy brew.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to get my hands on this,here in NC you may never find a BC brewed beer ever.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich bronze with a large fluffy off white head that settled into a creamy froth,alot of the head is left on the glass as it does settle.A variety of different hop aromas,a little herb,a little tea,and a shot of citrus fruit to go along with a not overly sweet biscuit malt base.What I like best about the flavor of this beer is the amped up malt bill doesn't make for an overly sweet beer,its hop profile may be a little more subtle than alot of the style but it has a well rounded hop palate,herbal and leafy,with a shot of grapefruit and light resin,the malts bring just the right amount of sweetness.This a well crafted beer,not in your face but enjoyable.

Photo of BashOnABike
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1L resealable bottle into 16oz pint glass.

A: Orange-amber, with slight cloudiness. A huge (like, 3", woops!) off-white, tan-ish frothy head, moderate dissipation with messy lacing, plus this cool, cream-like lumpy surface pattern. Neat!

S: Faint hop, a little apple juice, lime, almost a little coriander, grapefruit, and a little whipped cream. A bit underwhelming though, but it could be my cold.

T: Smooth malt, amber-esq smoke, sweet hop, citrus, with mild hop after. Really good, a nice mix of sweet and astringent.

M: Super frothy on the head, and fairly hearty on the beer. A little tingle with bubbles, low-moderate carb, moderate body, more than an avg double. The froth on the head was pretty sick though.

O: Amazing, best of amber, cream and India Pale ales. Almost whipping cream head, with excellent flavour. A little lacking on the scent, but the rest more than makes up for it. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L swing-top bottle - reclosable, which is a good thing, methinks...8% ABV, 90 IBUs in this format. I like the name, a worthy contribution to the litany of pun-themed IPA monikers - Bonnie Tyler would be proud, maybe?

This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed peach colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky ecru head, which leaves some nice broken bicycle chain, sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly falls away.

It smells of bready caramel/toffee malt, warm buttery biscuits, bitter grapefruit and orange rind, mildly tart red fruit, and further leafy, piney hops. The taste is more bready, crackery caramel malt, crystallized toffee, muddled tropical fruit, a more focused grapefruit and blood orange citrus bitterness, faint roasted notes, and additional leafy, floral, and understatedly perfumed hops. Speaking of which, the alcohol is rather well integrated, and apparently not all that noticeable, at least at this juncture.

The carbonation is on the low side, but supportive enough in its wee frothiness, the body medium-full in weight, generally smooth (lending weak credence to the idea of a mostly old world hop paradigm), and a smidge creamy. It finishes well off-dry, the bready caramel malt hanging tough, and yet still pretty well balanced with a softening citrus and pine hoppiness.

The initial heady West Coast hops smack of this offering does indeed fade, even to the point of self doubt, but slowly and surely, leaves us with a decently balanced, yet still large and in charge IIPA. Once again, I'm taken by the Canadian-ness of it all - it's big, but well, not that big (except for the serving size, that is), the hops seemingly still paying tribute to the Commonwealth.

Photo of distantmantra
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 liter bottle poured into a pint glass. June 2011.

A: Copper red color with large white head. Heavy lacing

S: Heavy citrus and pine notes with a hint of caramel.

T: Grapefruit and orange were the initial flavors, but a secondary pine flavor was evident. I detected some caramel aftertase. Alcohol slightly present but not overwhelming.

M: Bitter and full-bodied, but still smooth.

O: One of my first forays into Canadian craft beer. An excellent IIPA that I would purchase again.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Understated bitterness, less strictly than the style still very enjoyable. Worth a try. Hoppy aromas. Copper to mahogoney body, tiny head, yet with a lace sheet. Orange simcoe flavours, a little fruity, a little boozy, average mouthfeel.
Bottle enjoyed with Mike Tessier et femme and Presario.
Had on tap at the brewpub and it was even better. Grapefruit orange aromas in this batch. A little boozy but very drinkable.IBU right there.

Photo of scootpolute
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

34 FL OZ. bottle poured into tulip glass (with left-over(s)!!!).

A - Pours cloudy brownish-red-amber, solid frothy, dark-white head...- some great lacing.

S - Hops and some spicy-like pine with lots of sweet citrus - grapefruit and orange VERY SWEET!

T - Strong bite with spice...Yes, strong hop flavor along with sweet & pine-like flavor. Due to the strong spicy tones, not so smooth...strong!

M - Good carbonation...The over 'spice' punch is too much for me. Also, in parts a bit 'too' fruity/sweet.

D - This one was highly regarded at the beer specialty-joint, "Malts & Vines" in Redmond WA (which seems to be a two in one version of Seattle's Bottle works...I was quite impressed to see something of this caliber on the 'east-side' of Seattle with the live taps patio, along with 3 huge fridges of beers to go!)...OK, more about the beer...I'm a huge x2 IPA fan...this one just has too much spice, and even though there is strong hop presence, the alcohol is the only characteristic that sticks out...So, very much a sipping beer, not the refreshing beer I was hoping for...Epiphany moment, this beer is from Canada…Not bad for a Canadian beer, eh?!!

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had reviewed this previously, but it was an older bottle at the time, so this warrants a fresh review
A - a murky burnt orange, two solid fingers of off white head, which retained at half a finger with very sticky lacing all over
S - fresh citrus and grass, toasted grains, lightly fruity
T - strong citrus and pine with a little herbal note, toasty and bready malts provide nice balance to a hop bomb, with some light caramel sweetness coming through on finish
M - fairly smooth medium body, finished bitter and somewhat bready
D - a treat for the hop lover with fantastic flavours, the high alcohol is not noticeable, i wish this was a year rounder

Photo of hophugger
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful golden-amber with an orange hue that really sets it off. Aroma is citrus, pineapple, piney hops, some hay/grass and a very little touch of funk/skunk, nothing offensive, actually quite nice....Second whiff brings a little more of the skunkiness and a touch of overripe oranges. Taste is very hoppy (90 IBUS), yet has a nice balance with the barley. Bitterness is obvious but not overpowering and is pleasant. Taste has a touch of citrus and pine, especially hay and some pineapple accents. This beer drinks very smooth for an IIPA. As this beer warms ever so slightly, a little more maltiness and overripe fruit appears. Nice beer, hoppy and bold, yet surprisingly balanced !!

Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-orange with half a finger of thick, pale yellow head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Caramel and light toasted grains. Citrus and a little pine takes a backseat.

Taste. Nice toasty light grains and caramel. Light citrus fruit and pears, some bitter resiny pine and citrus rind in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with lower carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Overall. Nice and mellow for the style with lots of malt, but not in a bad way.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1L bottle from Private Order. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium translucent orange/amber colour with one finger of fluffy cream coloured head. Some light lacing.

S - A big sweetness up front full of bready/grainy malts, caramel and some toffee. A big bitterness is present as well with some floral and herbal aromas coming through.

T - Big bitterness up front that immediately gives way to a huge malt presence fully of bready/cereal flavours, caramel and a touch of toffee. The hops provide a very English flavour profile with floral, herbal and grassy flavours. A very big malt presence for a DIPA. The finish is bitter and dry with a big sweetness, reminiscent of an American barleywine.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ordered from a shop in Washington. I was not expecting a 1L bottle, I can assure you of that! lol

Pours a dark caramel colour. Not totally translucent. A beige head adorns. Leaves a little lace.

Aroma was sweet malts, a hint of nuts, some earthy, spicy, flowery hop notes. Not huge; was definitely a more malty DIPA.

Same kinda went for the taste. Sweet up front, rich maltiness, though a nice bitterness, but more of a spicy, herbal, earthy hoppiness on the taste. Not my favourite hop notes, but it's pretty decent either way.

Had a creamy texture. Full bodied for an IPA.

Not bad. Not sure how fresh this was either. Initially, wasn't too keen on the price, and while the size of the bottle made up for that a bit, I probably wouldn't want to try this again.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, clear copper-orange amber. Two finger head and heavy lacing. Nice constant carbonation bubbles from the glass. Light sweet malt and citrus aroma. Hop forward with a background of light malt, mild dark and light fruit. Hoppy finish with a peppery, citrus, grapefruit flavor. Deceptively hoppy in the start and finish, but has an underlying complexity that supports the hops. Refreshing and different IPA. Will buy again.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy deep amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that was encircled by a wide collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of caramel malts and then transitions to pine resin hops, the latter of which linger through the finish and also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes exactly like an "old school" IPA and has a good balance between the caramel malts and piney hops.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 1L brown flip top bottle. Pours out a hazed coppery amber, capped by an impressive chunky merrengue-like cream coloured head with remarkable retention.

Mild chewy toffee malt in the nose, along with some spicy, floral, herbal hops. Good balance.

Toasted toffee malt at first in the flavour, pretty mild hops for the most part too, perfumey, light spice, more predominantly citrus and herbal, although even these characteristics are kept in check. The hops really shine in the aftertaste already, more of an English character than American variety.

Medium-full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, a bit grainy, a bit chewy, alcohol warmth on finish.

An approachable DIPA, drinkable yet forgettable on the same terms, and very English in character for those looking for a more spicy, herbal hoppiness, which is a nice rare surprise from a West Coast IPA on either side of the border. Everything said and done it leaves me holding out for a hero, with another nod to Bonnie Tyler.

Photo of papat444
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chad for this one.

Poured from a 1L bottle and enjoyed over the course of the weekend (thank you swingtop!).

Appearance: A vibrant orange body that is quite eye-catching with a not too massive head that gently settles down and leaves spotted lacing everywhere.

Smell: Peaches, orange, candy sweetness, tangerines, mangoes, soapy lemon and some pine.

Tastel: Cloves, oranges, piney hops, tangerines, caramel a bit and restrained hop candy.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation that doesn't overdo it with an evident balance in the middle but just enough of a bitter kick in the finish.

Overall: A thoroughly enjoyable DIPA with a sweet touch.

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a private order, 1L swing top into a tulip several times over.

Reddish brown with some orange highlights, dense cream coloured head, strong retention and lace. Nose of grapefruit, piney, citrus and some tropical notes. Really identifiable as a BC IPA, has a similar hop character to most IPAs I've had out of the province before. Some sweet malt character. Taste has sweet citrus, grassy hops and a big caramel back bone. Alcohol content is easily confirmed. Good bitterness, medium-full body and a low medium carbonation. A good IPA, but doesn't really stand out.

Photo of mattsander
2.35/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Murky deep amber, head hangs around for a while with an aggressive pour. Nothing pale about it, but not unappetizing.

S: Sweet bready malts jump out first with some indication of floral hops. Definitely a malt-centered aroma.

T: Starts as a sweet syrupy caramel vanilla toffee bomb then reveals a long, coarse bitterness. Not much in terms of hop flavor, very disappointing. It's as though the entire hop bill was added at the very beginning of the boil.

M: Chewy and creamy.

O: My least favorite beer from this usually-awesome Canadian brewery and a poor example of the style.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose of bready malt, caramel, not much hop aroma. Taste much the same.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy copper-red appearance, with a small amount of thick head that leaves decent lace and retention. Smell is sweet and citrusy, picked up a hint of toffee and malt as well.

Taste is a powerful combination of malt, fruit (picked up apples and citrus), bread, caramel and toffee. Everything is tied together with a strong hop ending, the taste is balanced. Surprisingly the alcohol isn't evident. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering bitter hop taste.

This is a strong and flavorful beer; the title should give you a clue on how strong the hops are. Still, it's refreshing beer with excellent taste. Can easily polish a bottle of this.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear reddish copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of mottled thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops over a light aroma of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops which impart a moderate to heavy amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly strong than moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: With the blend of six hops used in this brew, it has an older school IPA feel to it rather than a West Coast style feel (flavor/aroma). Not the easiest of beers to drink but still enjoyable. Glad that the 1L bottle is resealable (swing top) as it is big and would be tough to finish in a sitting.

Photo of CharcuterIAN
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 L bottle into my New Belgium globe.

good head, light retention, hazy copper color.

smells of citrus hops w/a light candy cornish malt.

taste is very well balanced sour citrus hop and malt.

I will deafeningly be buying more of this stuff... just wish that they would do a growler deposit program, like Schooner Exact.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice looking amberish orange with a billowing 4 fingers worth of a creamy off white colored head. Multiple rings of lace left clinging to the glass.

S- A nice balance of caramel malt and C hops on the nose.

T- I was a little worried that the hops wouldn't shine through in the taste given the nose, but I was wrong. Although it's not an all out assault on your palate, the hops are fairly bold at the end and linger on awhile.

M- A fairly full bodied DIPA, low carbonation, smooth, creamy, and a touch of heat on the backend.

D- I like this one, easy on the palate and mouth. 1L isn't a problem finishing by myself. If I had to criticize this in one area it would be the heat from the booze, I've had higher abv DIPA's that hide it better, not saying it's overwhelming or anything but it's noticeable.

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber with an off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Floral, citrus and pine with some underlying bready malt & caramel.

T: This one has a nice balance for a brew of this strength. Some biscuity, bready malt with only a light caramel sweetness is overcome with huge depth of hop flavour citrus & pine with hints of floral & herbal hoppy goodness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Smooth, moderate body.

D: Very drinkable.

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Total Eclipse Of The Hop from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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